Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

Tenn. adopts new plan for reviewing child deaths

The children's services department in Tennessee is adopting a new plan for investigating child deaths after facing months of criticism for failures that included not knowing how many in its care had died.

Associated Press

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —

The children's services department in Tennessee is adopting a new plan for investigating child deaths after facing months of criticism for failures that included not knowing how many in its care had died.

The criticism culminated in the February resignation of the agency's commissioner. The department says the new plan for reporting is faster and more effective.

The department is involved in two lawsuits seeking more information about how it deals with deaths.

The reviews are supposed to help the department recognize shortcomings and prevent future deaths. However, some employees involved in the reviews have said they are nearly useless.

The new protocol requires reviews to be conducted within 90 days of a death. It also looks for weaknesses in the system, rather than just individual wrongdoing.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►